After an article claimed that the sensor inside the forthcoming EOS R3 would in fact be made by Sony, Canon has issued a statement: Canon is making Canon’s sensors.
As reported by PetaPixel, speculation initially arose following a shift in wording on Canon UK’s website. Originally, the sensor was described as “designed and manufactured by Canon” but was later changed to “developed by Canon.” Enthusiasts often pore over Canon’s marketing and press releases for hints of what might be happening beneath the surface, and this subtle change led some to suggest that Canon might not be making its own sensors after all.
Further speculation led to one industry commentator to announce on his website that the sensor in the R3 would in fact be made by Sony. The article declared that Canon “has had to go to Sony” to gain its BSI sensor technology, suggesting that it might simply be more economical for Canon than developing such sensors by itself. “This means that essentially the images coming out of the Canon EOS R3 are Sony images,” the article added.
Perhaps keen to discourage potential damage to its reputation by quashing scurrilous misinformation, in a rare move, Canon issued a statement to PetaPixel: “The sensor in the upcoming EOS R3 camera is Canon designed and manufactured.”